If the farmers are given subsidy directly, this will not only stop leakage but will also avoid unnecessary paper work and red-tapism
- There is a need to increase the urea price by at least 15 per cent. The current selling price of urea which is highly subsidised is almost one-fourth the world price
- If we increase urea price then it can lead to more balanced fertilization and lower subsidy outgo
- It is desirable to have freight merged into subsidy so that there is only one stage of disbursement
- To grant support for organic compost is a welcome move, as this ensures replacement of carbon into the soil thereby making it more conducive for farming
- Single Super Phosphate (SSP) is the appropriate fertiliser for the small and marginal farmers.
- Countries like Brazil have used this cheaper alternative with some support rather than depend on imported di-ammonium phosphate (DAP)
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